Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Vice-Chair, Human Investigations Committee II & IV

Biographical Info

Dr. Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. Her research is focused on developing a bio-behavioral understanding of substance use behaviors in adult and adolescent substance users, with the goal of developing optimal prevention and cessation interventions. In the area of adolescent tobacco use, she has conducted qualitative research including focus groups and surveys to understand patterns and perceptions of use of tobacco products, clinical trials to develop and test the use of novel behavioral and pharmacological cessation and prevention interventions, and experimental evaluations of behavioral and neural predictors of use and cessation behaviors. Because of her expertise in youth tobacco use behaviors, she has contributed to the Surgeon General’s report on “Preventing Tobacco Use among Young People” and also serves as a member of the FDA’s Tobacco Product Scientific Advisory Committee. Dr. Krishnan-Sarin is the Co-PI on the Yale Tobacco Centers Of Regulatory Science which is using a multidisciplinary approach to understand the role of flavors in tobacco and nicotine addiction.


International Activity

  • Developing smoking cessation interventions for adolescent smokers
    Amsterdam, Netherlands(2011 - 2013)
    To develop and examine the use of computer based retraining of implicit tobacco approach tendencies for smoking cessation in adolescent smokers when combined with clinician provided CBT for treating tobacco dependence.

Education & Training

Ph.D.
Purdue University (1992)
Postdoctoral fellowship
Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis, Endocrinology (1992 - 1995)

Honors & Recognition

  • Young Investigator Award
    Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (1997)

Professional Service

  • Member, California Tobacco Related Disease Research Program Committee (2003 - 2005)
  • Member, NIAAA Alcohol Clinical and Treatment Review Committee (2002 - 2006)
  • Field Editor, Alcoholism: Clinical Experimental Research (12/1/2011 - 12/1/2015)
  • Assistant Editor, Addiction (12/1/2010 - 12/1/2015)
  • Member, American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Editorial Board (12/1/2009 - 12/1/2015)
  • (11/7/2014 - 12/1/2016)
  • Tobacco Regulatory Science, Senior Editor(1/6/2014 - 12/1/2015)
  • Co-Author, Surgeon General’s Report “Preventing Tobacco Use Among Young People”. (1/1/2012)
  • Co-author, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies Report “Scientific Standards for Studies on Modified Risk Tobacco Products (1/1/2012)
  • Member, James and Esther King Biomedical research program and the Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research program, Florida Department of Health (1/1/2007 - 12/12/2012)
  • Member, Pennsylvania Department of Health Tobacco Settlement Fund Reviews. (1/1/2006 - 12/12/2012)
  • Ongoing Ad-hoc member, NIH study sections (1/1/2002 - 12/12/2012)

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